Lena Afridi
Director of Economic Development Policy

Lena.A@anhd.org

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212-747-1117, ext. 12

Lena Afridi is the Director of Economic Development Policy. Born in Karachi and raised in Queens, Lena is committed to vibrant communities, good jobs, and safe and affordable housing for low and moderate income communities of color and immigrant communities. At ANHD, Lena helps implement policies that address economic and racial inequality in New York City through research, data analysis, and advocacy. Lena has worked across movements for over a decade, and connects issues of race, labor, and city planning. She was a 2016 Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellow and a 2017 Next City Vanguard Fellow. Lena holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Regional Planning Degree from Cornell University. In her spare time, Lena can be found writing or powerlifting.

Lena's Blogs

Blog
June 26, 2019
Nonprofit Developers, Immigrant Rights Groups, and Tenants Unite to Fight ICE
Blog
February 14, 2019
When We Fight, We Win
Blog
December 19, 2018
Good paying jobs are growing in every borough of the city, but many New Yorkers, especially low wealth New Yorkers of color, remain disconnected from those jobs.
Blog
October 29, 2018
The concept of the bodega itself is the antithesis of a luxury service – it’s where anyone, from anywhere, can get the basic necessities they need.

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